Buddy gets a bath

This past week Buddy needed a bath.  He’s been wearing a “Lampshade” over his head because he got his yearly dental treatment and finally had his dewclaws removed (see below).

Two weeks later the stitches came out and the cone came off.  Buddy stank and needed a bath.

If he could only see he would have been hiding under the bed!


*Buddy’s dew claws are jet black and this makes it impossible to see the quick when trimming.  As time went  by they would grow into a circle and then get caught in his long fur and/or his collar.  More than once we had found him with his dewclaw stuck in his collar.  This was often very awkward for us to get him disentangled, and occasionally, by the time we found him, there was bleeding involved .  We felt it might be dangerous for him to be stuck like that if we were not home,  and therefore we made the decision to have them removed.

There are some who think this should never be done, and others who believe it should absolutely be done.  It is interesting to note, that like cat declawing, some countries also outlaw the removal of dewclaws!  (BTW, I would NEVER dewclaw a cat.)

What are your feelings about dewclaw removal? 

27 thoughts on “Buddy gets a bath

  1. shoreacres says:

    No opinion here, since I don’t even know what a dewclaw is. (I’ll go have a look at the wiki.) But, I can say I never would declaw a kitty. Ever. The trick is to train cats not to claw everything in sight. Contrary to popular opinion, cats can be trained!

    • Lynda says:

      I just saw a documentary on declawing cats. Horrific! It causes far more behavior issues than leaving them in, and it causes the cat horrible pain and suffering! And I wholeheartedly agree, Linda, cats can be trained. 😀

    • Lynda says:

      Margaret, I think the dog’s dewclaw is rather like our appendix us to us. It simply is no longer a useful appendage in our lives, and occasionally they go bad!

    • Lynda says:

      Hi, Anita!
      I guess the dark nails are to be expected when the dog is mostly black. To be honest, I can shine my egg candling light through his toenails and then mark them with a sharpie to know where to cut. However, he was W-A-Y too fussy and S-T-R-O-N-G to let me get to his dewclaws! Thankfully, most of both dogs toenails are light colored. 🙂

    • Lynda says:

      We do love our pets, Tom, but to be honest, we will not be in a hurry to replace them when they are gone. We may keep one dog on the Mountain Farmlet, but never again two! Cats, maybe two and no more letting them come in the house! EVER. They are simply too destructive. 😛

    • Lynda says:

      That was funny! So… I am not the only one who wears the Emperor’s new clothes when bathing the dog! LOL, you just made me feel normal, Nancy! 😀 😀 😀

      • dogear6 says:

        Hey, you were the one brave enough to post that picture of feeding the animals in your pajamas & boots with the fashion bed hair (several years ago). How could I not feel normal???

      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        Normally “The Boys” take care of their own ablutions, as not having a shower stall large enough means that actual soap and water dog bathing happens outside, on the lawn; usually only once a year (knock wood; ) in the only apparel “suit”able for the endeavour; ) and we all wind up in the pool afterward…
        Re Dew Claws… The quick of a dog’s nail grows to within a set distance of the end of the nail – no matter HOW long it may be – so trimming means removing only a small amount every time to avoid hitting the Quick and resulting in pain and a great aversion for future clipping… Been there on both sides of the scenario and, you’re right, once a dog’s been hurt, it’s not a good time for anyone involved):

        • Lynda says:

          Deb, if I have to do the bathing myself, and *I have to, then I want the water to be warm. The other benefit of getting the big dog in the shower is that he can’t run away from me! 😉

          *Taking Buddy to the groomer’s costs $45! Can’t afford that anymore!!!

  2. Penny says:

    We have always either had our dogs’ dewclaws removed at their first vet visit, or they have come from the breeder with them removed, probably done when they docked the tail. One less thing to worry about…
    We will probably not get another dog after this one. Gabi is almost a year and a half old, so we’ll be in our eighties if she lives her full life – and she’ll be a handful the whole time, being a German Shorthair. If we could just get her to sit and stay for more than 2 seconds….

    • Lynda says:

      You said: “If we could just get her to sit and stay for more than 2 seconds…”

      Penny, we felt that way about Tucker for the first 6 years of his life! LOL! He was so energetic. He’s calmed down quite a bit, but we think if he wasn’t blind he would still be jumping and chasing and causing mayhem. 😉

  3. pattisj says:

    I think our puppy’s had been removed before we ever got him. That would be awful to get it caught as you described.

  4. Littlesundog says:

    My Zoe has this same problem… I haven’t done anything about it yet and probably won’t because she’s so old. I do try to trim them but they tend to grow in a circle and are difficult to get to. I think you did the right thing, Lynda. Darn… I wish I’d been there to pet and massage Buddy. I think he would like that!! Oh, and I have a poor sense of smell. The stink probably wouldn’t have phased me a bit! 🙂

    • Lynda says:

      Lori, this is going to sound awful, but I don’t notice it until I leave the house for several hours and come back… then, I open the door and WHAM! Dirty dog smell. Bob says I have a super sensitive nose, but I don’t think you should walk in and know we own dogs. 😉

      I think we put it off a bit too long. It was very stressful for Buddy, so you are probably doing Zoe a kindness by not having it done on her. Besides, she is small enough to manage a bit of clipping. Am I right? Buddy on the other hand is impossible to manage; he’s simply too strong!

  5. chatou11 says:

    My Pilou had to wear this Lampshade and it is so unconfortable for them. For the bath we had better to have a lot of towels..
    Tucker is so cute!
    Have a nice week end Lynda

    • Lynda says:

      Yes, there are a lot of towels involved in dog washing, even when it is the little dog! Thank you, Chantal, and please have a great weekend also!

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